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Thomas Library

Sociology
 INFORMATION SOURCES FOR RESEARCH
IN SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY

A Selected List  

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I. Books and Catalogs of Books
  • EZRA- Wittenberg's online catalog
  • OhioLINK- search items in Ohio member libraries 
  • WorldCat.org - Combined catalog of thousands of libraries worldwide
    Use
    Interlibrary Loan to borrow items not available at Wittenberg or an OhioLINK library

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias:

Encyclopedia of Psychology. 8 vols. Ref. BF31.E52 2000
Encyclopedia of Religion. 14 vols. Ref. BL31 .E46 2005
Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory. Ref. GN281.E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Ref. GN333.W67 1998
* International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences *
       25 vols.  Ref. H41 .I58 2001
Encyclopedia of Sociology. 5 vols. Ref. HM425.E5 2000
American Generations Series Ref. HN60
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. 4 vols. Ref HQ9.E52 2003
Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures. 2 vols. MAIN STACKS HQ75.13 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of Aging. 2 vols. Ref. HQ1061.E53 2001
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender. 2 vols. Ref. HQ1115.E43 2001
Encyclopedia of Women's History in America. Ref. HQ1410.C85 2000
Encyclopedia of Adoption. Ref. HV875.55.A28 2000
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. 4 vols.
Ref. HV 6017 .E53 2001
Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice. Ref. HV9104 .E58 2003
Encyclopedia of Education. 8 vols. Ref. LB15 .E47 2003

II. Guides to the Literature

    SocioSite - has links to all manner of sociology-related information. 
        Some of the topics are:
Subject Areas, Sociologists, Data Archives,
        NewsGroups, What's New? and Funny Science.  
     
The Sociolog: Julian Dierke's Comprehensive Guide to Sociology Online

 
III. Statistics: A Sampler

General Sources
Statistical Universe
The United States Census site - From here you can click on the Related Sites box for links to International Agencies; State Data Centers; and Fedstats, which has links to more than 70 federal statistical agencies.
Forum on Child and Family Statistics - Statistics from the US government
Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
United Nations Statistics Division
ICPSR - The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, based at the
   University of Michigan "supplies data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS, "
   SPSS, and Stata.
"
Statistical Yearbook from the United Nations. Ref. HA12.5 .U63
County and City Extra. Ref. HA 203 .C68  or County and City Databook 2000 -
A Statistical Portrait of the United States: Social Conditions and Trends  Ref. HA214.S73 1998
Lifestyle Market Analyst.  Ref. HF5415.33 .U6 L54 2002
Places Rated Almanac Ref. HN60.B69 2000
World Development Indicators - From the World Bank, this database provides comparative economic statistics from around the world.
Subject-specific statistics
State of the World's Children (from UNICEF)
Statistical Record of Black America.  Ref. E185.5 .S83 4th ed 1997
The World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics. Ref. HQ 1154 .W95 2000
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Ref. HV 7245 .N37b 1994
U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics -
        Public Opinion
        PollingReport.com - "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American
        public opinion."

        people-press.org- Sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, this database "studies
        public attitudes toward the press, politics, and public policy issues."

        Gallup Organization - Provides the results of recent Gallup polls and explains how
        the polls are conducted.
 

IV. Databases for Periodical Articles

SocINDEX with full text - comprehensive and high quality database for scholarly articles in sociology
Sociological Collection - search for articles in all areas of sociology

Other Databases:
Academic Search Complete - A good place to start research on any topic.
JSTOR - A good place to look for scholarly articles in many subjects.
Women's Studies International
International Index to Black Periodicals  - Includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean and over 40 core Black Studies periodicals (1998 forward).
Ethnic NewsWatchFull text of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from the ethnic, minority, and native press.
GenderWatchFull text of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum
of subject areas.  Includes both scholarly and popular sources.
LGBT Life - Indexing and full text of articles on gay, lesbian and transgender issues.
of subject areas.  Includes both scholarly and popular sources.
SCOPUS -
Social Science Citation Index  (ISI) - 

PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts)

Or: For full access to all your many database options, go to the list of All Databases
on the Library home page.

V.  Locating Journals

   At Wittenberg: Search Journals the Library Has: Electronic & Print

   At other Ohio academic libraries: Use Interlibrary Loan.

Note: Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating.
If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.


VI.  Citing Your Sources

      Style guide for Sociology (based on the American Sociological Association (ASA)
- from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)

or look at the official ASA style guide in the library reference section: Ref HM569 .A54 2007

or try this guide for students from California State University, Los Angeles Library (includes websites)

VII.  People Help - After all, where would we be without one another?
For help contact Kristen Peters , who is library liaison with the Sociology Department.  Or, contact the library the reference desk by phone or email.
   
 

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Originally compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
With updates by KGP/1-9-13
© 2013 Wittenberg University